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Global Health Security and Preparing for Future Pandemics

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and the White House’s Raj Panjabi discuss with Ann Veneman how the world should prepare for and respond to future pandemics.
Helen Clark
Raj Panjabi
Ann M. Veneman
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Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Raj Panjabi, special assistant to President Biden and senior director for Global Health Security and Biodefense at the White House National Security Council, join the Council to discuss what must be done to avoid another deadly global pandemic. As Asia, Europe, and North America grapple with new COVID-19 surges, other countries have ended attempts to control or track the spread of the virus by scaling back pandemic measures and funding. But as new variants, viruses, and threats of manmade pandemics emerge, complacency risks future catastrophe. Moderated by Ann M. Veneman, former executive director of UNICEF, Clark and Panjabi unpack the global systems, technologies, and tools needed to transform pandemic preparedness and global health security.

About the Speakers
Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Helen Clark headshot
Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and the former administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). She was the first woman to lead the UNDP and simultaneously chaired the UN Development Group. She continues to be a strong voice for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality, women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on pressing global health issues.
Helen Clark headshot
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security & Biodefense, The White House
Previously, Raj Panjabi was the US global malaria coordinator leading President Biden’s Malaria Initiative through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare.
Ann M. Veneman
Former Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund, former US Secretary of Agriculture
Ann M. Veneman was the first and only woman to lead the United States Department of Agriculture as Secretary. She currently serves as a co-leader of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. She was included on the Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women list and is a recipient of the Women Making History Award from the National Women’s History Museum.